We at Native Sun News Today know our readership is interested in knowing who our current and future leaders are. So following is a compilation of the tribal elections and leadership of the nine tribes in South Dakota. We are providing this information as a service to our readers who are interested in knowing which tribes are having elections this year and when they will take place.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Primary Elections were held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Live stream of the 2022 Primary Election Official Canvas was provided by KIPI Radio 935 on Monday, August 15, 2022, from the Cheyenne River Motel Conference Room. Official Results were published online as they became available. Status of the Primary Election Official Canvas was updated on 12:24 AM August 16, 2022, with the following results:
CHAIRMAN-AT-LARGE: Gary A. Cudmore leads with 179 votes. Rayman LeBeau has 157 and Harold Frazier has 139.
TREASURER-AT-LARGE: Kevin C. Keckler leads with 281 votes. Kenita J. Counting has 221 and Sharon F. Lee has 117.
DISTRICT 1: Bernita In The Woods won the council seat with 141 votes.
DISTRICT 2: Results not available at this time.
DISTRICT 3: Kenric Dupris won the council seat with 83 votes.
The Primary Election Official Canvas continued counting votes on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 10 a.m. Live streaming is available on KIPI Radio 935’s Facebook page. We will report on the official results of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Primary Elections next week. General Elections will be held on November 8, 2022.
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
Primary Elections were held March 2022. General Elections were held April 2022. Results are as follows: Chairman, Peter Lengkeek; Vice Chairman, Richard Coleman; Secretary, Carla Pickner; and Treasurer, Christine Obago. Councilmembers: Mark Wells, Matthew St. John, and Fabian Howe.
For more information, please visit crowcreekconnections.org.
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
General Election results for 2022 were certified on August 10, 2022. Election results are as follows: Anthony Reider, President; Cyndi Weddell, Vice President; Kristi Bietz, Trustee I; Jonathan Schrader, Sr., Trustee II; Kenneth Weston, Trustee III; Richard Jones, Trustee IV; Donalda Montoya, Secretary; and Ryan Kills-a-Hundred, Treasurer.
For more information, please visit fsst-nsn.gov.
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Lower Brule Tribal Council 2020 – 2022 Executive Committee: Chairman Clyde Estes, Vice-Chairman Neil “Cody” Russell, Secretary/Treasurer Marvin Grassrope, Sr. Council Members: Stephanie Bolman, Donovan Grassrope, John McCauley, Sr.
For more information, please visit sdtribalrelations.sd.gov.
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Primary Elections will be held on October 4, 2022. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Nomination petitions are now open and are due by Friday, August 19, 2022.
For more information, please visit oglalalakotanation.net.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
General Elections will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov.
Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe
General Elections were held in 2021.
Current Tribal Council are as follows: Tribal Chairman Delbert Hopkins Jr., Tribal Vice-Chairman Edmund (Eddie) Johnson, Tribal Secretary Myrna Thompson.
Council Representatives: Big Coulee Representative – A. Lydia Amos, Buffalo Lake Representative – Louie Johnson, Enemy Swim Representative – Dallas Owen, Heipa Representative – Brandon Gypsy Wanna, Lake Traverse Representative -Dionne Crawford, Long Hollow Representative – Curtis Bissonette, Old Agency Representative – Floyd Kirk Jr.
For more information, please visit www.swo-nsn.gov.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
General Elections were held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Current Tribal Council members are as follows:
Janet Alkire, Chairwoman; Frank Jamerson, Vice Chairman; Susan Agard, Secretary. Representatives At Large: Nola Taken Alive, Charles Walker, Avis Little Eagle, Warren Hawk, Jesse Mclaughlin, and Kory McLaughlin. District Representatives: Wilberta Red Tomahawk, Sidney Bailey, Jr., Joe White Mountain, Jr., Paul Archambault, Delray Demery, John Pretty Bear, Jessica R. Porras, and Jeff Cadotte, Sr. Judicial Committee: Nola Taken Alive, Warren Hawk, Paul Archambault, Kory Mclaughlin, and Jeff Cadotte, Sr. HEW Committee: Joe White Mountain Jr., Avis Little Eagle, Charles Walker, Susan Agard, and Jessica R. Porras. Economics Committee: Wilberta Red Tomahawk, John Pretty Bear, Sidney Bailey, Jr., Jesse Mclaughlin, and Delray Demery.
For more information, please visit www.standingrock.org.
Yankton Sioux Tribe
Elections for the Yankton Sioux Tribal Business and Claims Committee were held in September 2021 with the following results: Robert Flying Hawk, Chairman; Jason Cooke, Vice Chairman; Glenford “Sam” Sully, Secretary; and Kenneth Cook, Treasurer. Councilmembers: Gregory Cournoyer, Jr., Andrea Fischer, Derrick Marks, Kip Spotted Eagle and Jody Zephier.
For more information, please visit www.yanktonsiouxtribe.net.